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Greenbelt has been working for more than 25 years to protect, enhance, and steward the Tompson Street Reservation in West Gloucester, acquiring additional parcels over the years to expand the corridor of protected land.
With the help of generous donors, a grant from the Institution for Savings Conservation Fund and a MA Conservation Partnership Grant, Greenbelt purchased over 14 acres of land on Bray Street from the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church in June, further expanding Tompson Street Reservation.
Having been granted for the purpose of the construction of a meetinghouse in 1713, the church lot has remained largely in its natural state and is a high priority for conservation and protection of the larger Reservation.
Now permanently protected, the land will remain largely the way it is - featuring trails that connect to the larger Tompson Street Reservation, the historic site of the 1713 meetinghouse, and a classic Cape Ann landscape of granite and pitch pine and oak forest.
Greenbelt purchased the property for $300,000 in June, 2022. Thank you to all who generously donated to this important project.
|Private Fundraising||$ 72,125|
|MA Conservation Partnership Grant||$ 85,000|
|Institution for Savings Conservation Fund||$100,000|
|Ed Becker Fund for Green Initiatives||$ 42,875|
|Total Project Cost||$300,000|
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